Wednesday, May 25, 2011

An afternoon off...

Horses are in there.  HORSES, I tell you.  Also, how's that for a blue sky?
Today I have had a much-needed break from sitting rubbing my temples whilst staring at my psychology books and spent the afternoon with Shoegirl strolling around in the sunshine at Domäne Metschildshausen (as recommended by German Gems and Happy Sugar Funtime - thank you both!).

Domäne Mechtildshausen is an enormous organic farm surrounded by gorgeous rolling green hills (and the US military air base).  The farm produces meat from their own pigs, sheep and cows; they also offer poultry; they make their own dairy products; the grow fruit and vegetables and make their own jam and wine too.  All of it organic.  There's an on-site bakery, butcher's shop and an aircraft-hanger sized farmshop selling an array of home-grown herbs, fruit and veg plus a huge selection of wine, beer and various other organic/non-organic products ranging from beauty products and cookware to tiny leather children's slippers and very smart men's hats.  It's rather impressive.

We strolled around admiring the houses the goats' live in plus the immaculate stables - not a straw of hay out of place - and wandered into the butcher's shop to gawp at tens of cured pig legs hanging from the ceiling and a truly fabulous selection of home-made sausages (amongst other things) at the glass counter.  We lusted over a fabulous array of cakes and yoghurts in the bakery-cum-dairy-shop; we gazed with great interest at the rather expensive Mediterranean menu offered at the fancy-looking restaurant.  We sat in the sunshine at the somewhat less expensive restaurant (though there's also a café) and sampled cheeses (Shoegirl) and wine punch with fresh strawberries in (me - totally by accident, I honestly thought I was ordering a bowl of fruit.  What a happy mistake), wishing the ash cloud would once again halt the air traffic criss-crossing above us and render the otherwise bright blue skies unblemished.
Look, mum!  Horses!
Hopefully not horses.
A wine for the lady; and a homemade Erdbeerbowle for me.
I have returned home, however, to discover that my last psychology course assignment has been marked, which heralds the start of the next one... one that is particularly challenging.  Best hold off on sampling my shiny new bottle of Domäne Mechtildshausen apple prosecco, then: back to rubbing those temples.

15 comments:

shoegirl said...

Thank you for inviting me along - this was such a wonderful outing! I do hope we can do this on the regular, only next time we must bring coolers to stock up on meats and cheeses (and maybe cakes too)!

Frau Dietz said...

Haha you don't have to THANK me! Thank YOU for coming along ;)

otomcio said...

That place looks great. I love the last photo too.

click clack gorilla said...

Ooo, thanks for the tip, I have to get myself over there!

fiona said...

That looks lovely, and I so fancy a visit to an aircraft hangar sized farm shop - bliss! But I am betting there was a little bit of horsey in them there chill cabinets...

And apple prosecco, ooh, I would love a nice bottle of that today with our lovely 28 degrees. I can already imagine that after a bottle of that the 'dual electric toy guitar playing' that I'm having to endure would just fade into the background!

Anonymous said...

FRAU DIETZ! READ THIS! DO NOT, I REPEAT, NOT READ WHAT FIONA HAS WRITTEN!

Sigh. I tried, but fear this warning will come too late. I'm shouting as loudly as I can here. Sorry sis. I didn't want you to see those terrible words.

Frau Dietz said...

@Otomcio: thanks :) It's ace - I think you two would love it...

...and you @clickclackgorilla ;)

@Fiona: the apple prosecco got consumed on the weekend, and I must say it did the trick very nicely indeed (alongside a game of ping pong).

@my sister: which words - "dual electric toy guitar playing"? ;) I've eaten more horse than I care to think about!

Anonymous said...

Ha!
I thought it was just the once. Are you starting to like it then?

Frau Dietz said...

NO. Apart from adoring the lovely furry beasts, obviously, I cannot stand the taste of it; it's really strong and tough and stringy. However when you eat meat in Central Asia, the chances are that's what you're getting. On lunch sausages, however, I could generally count on there being a picture of a horse on the wrapping, so I could at least attempt to avoid it.

Sonja said...

Thanks for telling me about The Wine Rambler - now following them! And your Erdbeerwein looks lekker.

Frau Dietz said...

You're welcome, Sonja - I think they're great!! :)

german gems said...

A lovely place, isn't it? Glad you had a chance to get a break and enjoy the place. The fancy restaurant is a good place for a celebration dinner and I'mtold they also have a few guest rooms.

thepowerthatis said...

Domäne rocks, but if you ever find time, go to Bad Vilbel and hit the Demeter farm "Dottenfelderhof". A tad less "aufgeräumt" but veeeeery enjoyable in terms of cheese, food etc. :)

http://www.dottenfelderhof.de/

Frau Dietz said...

@German Gems: the restaurant menu looked WONDERFUL. And I bet they do a fantastic breakfast at the guest house!

@thepowerthatis: I'd love to try it, it looks fantastic. According to RMV it's a bit more of an adventure, however... one for the summer holidays, I think!

thepowerthatis said...

@ frau dietz:
i guess with the rmv it would be a bit more than the 40 minutes it took us by car, but it might be an option to go to bad vilbel first (which should be faster) and then continue with bikes ... and yes, it is presto idyllic. i can't believe they had little piglets basking in the sun. :) you definitely should put it on your list for holiday activities.